The biggest World Cup you’ve never heard of
Did you know that the little-known sport of polocrosse, invented in Australia in 1938, draws thousands of riders, horses and spectators together every four years for a World Cup week of competition and celebration? We’re proud to support the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup, and the people of Warwick, Queensland that are hosting it in its spiritual home.
Polocrosse is one of only three homegrown Australian sports, alongside AFL and campdrafting, to break out onto the world stage – and it’s bringing many international visitors back to its birthplace of Warwick for the 2019 World Cup. If you don’t know what polocrosse is, take a look – imagine the traditional game of polo, but replace those heavy mallets with light, nimble lacrosse racquets specially made for horseback use, and fuse a little netball concepts in the mix.
The 2019 Polocrosse World Cup, held on 22-28 April, will be the largest international sporting event ever to be held in rural Australia – with more than 300 competitors, 1000 horses, and up to 60,000 spectators flooding into the town of Warwick in southeast Queensland. We’re excited to sponsor the event and partner with the Southern Downs Regional Council to contribute technology and equipment to enhance mobile coverage at the event.
With funding from the Southern Downs Regional Council, we’ve installed nearly two kilometres of fibre in a branch from our current network to the Morgan Park area where the World Cup will be held, and we’ll connect one of our specialised mobile Cell on Wheels to provide enhanced mobile coverage for attendees. This will also help businesses at the event run their operations including mobile payments, EFTPOS and social media.
Australia’s Polocrosse World Cup team is a hot favourite, currently ranked third in the world and with two first-place finishes in the four World Cups that have been held since the inaugural 2003 Cup. It’s an action-packed, tough sport – competitors sometimes call it ‘rugby on horseback’ – but we know our national team is among the most elite in the world. We’ll be cheering them on from the sidelines!